Environmental Ministry performs chemical storage checks

Environmental Protection Ministry teams conducted examinations on 22 factories on Sunday in Tel Aviv and the country's center, where hazardous materials exist in close proximity to populated areas, the ministry announced that day.
The Home Front Command, which had provided the list of factories to check, had not decided whether the plants examined had sufficiently protective storage or whether they should transport their materials elsewhere by the evening, the Environment Ministry said. Several of the factories, however, volunteered to move their materials to other facilities on their own, according to the ministry.
The inspections on Sunday followed a thorough examination of plants in the South, close to the Gaza border, on Thursday, during which hazardous materials not in proper storage were transported to other locations deemed safer.